“We only played five for Ranieri, Roy was repetitive…and our signings weren’t disturbed!”
- Dan Gosling suffered Premier League relegation with Watford last campaign
- The boy was shocked by the “shameful” attitudes in the locker room
- He revealed that the team had played endless five-man games under Claudio Ranieri
- The 32-year-old felt Roy Hodgson’s training drills were repetitive and outdated
- He said many new signings arrived at the club uninterested and unconcerned
Dan Gosling has criticized the “shameful” attitudes he will witness in the dressing room when Watford were relegated to the Premier League last season, as well as the “miserable” and “repetitive” management styles of Claudio Ranieri and Roy Hodgson.
The 32-year-old found himself out of the 25-man squad for much of last campaign as Watford fell to a 19th place and suffered relegation alongside Burnley and Norwich.
Gosling shed light on the negative experience he endured at Vicarage Road last season in a revealing interview with the Watford Observer.
Dan Gosling has revealed players’ ‘shameful’ attitudes during Watford’s relegation
The only played four games last season after failing to make the 25-man squad
“That moment with Ranieri was really nasty,” Gosling told the outlet. “The training we went through, the spirit they created, the staff that went with it – it was all just miserable. They were miserable, and that made them miserable.
“I was surprised they lasted four months to be honest. I’ve been in football for a long time, so I have a few boys in the squad, and that period has been as bad as it gets.
The former Bournemouth, Newcastle and Everton star was not particularly impressed with Ranieri’s persistent use of five-a-side football in training.
Gosling said Claudio Ranieri constantly played the team at five in training
He added: “If you go out on the training ground and only play five-a-side matches day in and day out, that’s literally nothing football.” It’s children’s football. As a pro, you learn nothing from this.
“There’s obviously a time and place for five-man teams, but it’s usually a few fun games at the end of a session.” Doing whole sessions of five-a-side football doesn’t win you games. Look at the results on the ground.
After Ranieri was sacked in January, Watford appointed Hodgson in a bid to escape the drop.
Although happy to say goodbye to the endless five-a-side games, Gosling thought the new training drills under the former England and Liverpool manager were repetitive and outdated.
The 32-year-old admitted training drills under Roy Hodgson were better but still ‘repetitive’
“To be fair to Roy, what he did in training was very repetitive, but at least it was game situations,” he said. ‘You need to freshen it up a bit though. We are in 2022.’
Above all, the dress were stunned by the lack of professionalism shown in the dressing room during the difficult season, claiming “shameful attitudes” had brought the club down.
New signings like Ozan Tufan, on loan from Fenerbahçe last season, arrived at the club uninterested and unfit, according to Gosling.
Ex-Fenerbahce star Ozan Tufan arrived on loan and was ‘not bothered’ according to Gosling
“I thought that attitude was a disgrace,” he said. “There were a lot of shameful attitudes here last season and that’s ultimately why we fell. It wasn’t about ability. Maybe some players didn’t always reach the levels of which they are capable, but it was the attitude of individuals that did it for us.
“They signed Tufan from a Turkish club. He was here on loan: will he really care if the club goes down? He knew that no matter what, he could go back to where he came from. He had never played English football, never played here, never played in the Premier League. He wasn’t bothered and he wasn’t in good shape either.
“It was a real shame, by far the worst dressing room I’ve ever been in.” So now that we’re cleaning up the decks and trying to build something new, it’s refreshing.
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